Apple is continuing its move from Intel to Arm on the desktop with a new line of iMacs.
The new Macs come in seven colors, reminiscent of the iMac G3. and are built from the ground up for the new chips, unlike the 13-inch MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac Mini, which used existing chassis.
The new iMac has a redesign has a much smaller logic board with two tiny fans. Apple says these small fans will keep the computer under 10 decibels, which the human ear shouldn’t be able to hear.It’s just 11.5 millimeters thin.
Apple says the iMac is 85% faster than the previous 21-inch model, which used Inttel chips. It also says graphics are up to 2x faster than previous models. In Final Cut, Apple is claiming up to four streams of footage in or one in 4K. The company took time to focus on iOS apps working on macOS, as well as the broad range of compatible apps that have come to M1 since it launched last year.
The new display is 24-inches diagonally and has narrow bezels with a 4480 x 2250 resolution and 500 nits of brightness. It also uses TrueTone, like the laptops, to change color temperature based on your surroundings.
The camera, microphones and speakers are also getting upgraded. The camera is a 1080p FaceTime sensor, higher than the 720p we see in the MacBook laptops. The microphones use beam forming to focus on your voice and avoid background noise. This should all help out in work-from-home situations.
The speakers have increased amounts of power, with increased bass response. The full system is six speakers, including tweeters and woofers. With Dolby Atmos, it supports surround sound.
It has 4 USB-C ports, including 2 Thunderbolt ports, with support for a 6K display. There’s a new, magnetic power connector with a woven cable that connects to the power adapter. Ethernet connects to the power adapter and travels into the system.
The keyboard has new emoji, spotlight, and do not disturb keys. A separate model will have Touch ID on the desktop for the first time. The Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad will also have new color matched aluminum.
It starts at $1,299 on April 30 and it will be available in May. With an 8-core CPU, 7-coree GPU, 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD, as well as two Thunderbolt ports.